Golden Rock in Burma / Myanmar

See the gravity-defying Golden Rock

Witness the gold shimmering and reflecting the subtle hues from the rising and setting sun.

Golden Rock in Burma / Myanmar

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Visiting Golden Rock in Burma

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, or Golden Rock as it is also known, is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar (Burma) and it really is a sight to behold.

Legend has it that the golden rock is perched on a strand of Buddha’s hair. The precarious position appears to defy gravity. Dawn and dusk see the shimmering gold leaf reflect the subtle hues from the rising or setting sun.

  • A gravity-defying sight
  • Witness the devotion and happiness of pilgrims
  • It is possible to hike (16km) to the rock
  • Don't miss the Golden Rock at sunset


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Kyaiktiyo Pagoda

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is the alternative name for Golden Rock. It's the second most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar (Burma). People come from afar to touch the rock and feel closer to Buddha.

Golden Rock at dawn

If you are visiting and stay overnight, it really is worth getting up early to see the pagoda at dawn. Marvel at the moment as the sun rises behind the surrounding hills and mountains before it hits the Golden Rock. It’s a moment you won’t forget in a hurry.